@ExtraMedium I had an “acquaintance” who was involved in the locally notorious Big Boy kidnapping in the Sacramento (CA) area sometime ago. It was never recovered and supposedly clandestinely moved around the country for number of years. I wonder if this is where it wound up?
@ExtraMedium I don’t know, the house write-up says “Meticulously cared for since 1936 by only two owners,” so whoever lives there has probably been there a long time. There was a Marc’s Big Boy ages ago in the general area, but you’d think someone connected to the chain would either have much more memorabilia or none. On the other hand, someone in that house is an accountant, and accountants can have unexpected connections through their work.
@djslack@PooltoyWolf I just found out that this is going to be in Denver tomorrow! Probably won’t get there though, but I wish I’d known sooner. It just seemed like quite the coincidence right after seeing it here the other day.
@mossygreen@stolicat I’m wondering if the owner worked in advertising or product design; the Big Boy might be from that - or they got their career started working at one?
I couldn’t spot the ET in Mardi Gras beads …
Maybe the well-stocked downstairs kitchen is the servants’ quarters? Or an older relative lived down there? Quite a place, anyway!
@Kyeh@stolicat OK, when you’re in the foyer, go to the doorway to the left of the gigantic bouquet, which leads to the servants’ staircase and the kitchen. The niche is before the staircase on the right, and you have to take a little step to not immediately end up in the kitchen. The first time I saw it I swore because it was so unexpected.
I am completely in love with this house, it’s so damn weird.
@Kyeh Your guess about product design was correct, the woman whose office has the Mighty Leaf tea display is the founder & CEO of Planet Canit, which designs metal packaging, containers, canisters, etc, including for the cannibis industry. Might explain the eclectic decor!
@ircon96 Oh, neat! I saw all the cool tins in the cabinets there. That would be a marvelous job to have. And I’m sure it does explain why the house is so full of flamboyant decor. I think it’s gorgeous.
@Kyeh I agree, it’s a great house, and all the whimsical touches make it feel much more homey than a lot of old mansions. I also checked out the company’s website where u can see close-up examples of their tin designs. They do great work, I really like their whole aesthetic.
@ircon96@Kyeh Oh god, that’s really cool! But now I feel like I officially know way too much about these people. Knowing the names of their two (probable) bull terriers was almost, but not quite, too much. This tipped it over.
@Kyeh@mossygreen Lol, I hear u, they probably should have cleared out a little more of their stuff. But, on the other hand, they really made sure viewers checked out every square inch of that house! Anyway, I blame @replicacobra
@mossygreen@stolicat I’m going to make an accusation:
It was done in the basement, by Col. Mustard, with a lead pipe.
As to the open/closed doors, I think that is just comparable to looking at Google street view, where the time lapses show vehicles there/not there/further away in different views. I.e., not a static situation, especially if there was an open house during taping.
I got to the top of the stairs and saw the poster and thought… “Ok, not what I would pick but don’t see what’s wrong with it to make a thread about it…” Then I turned and saw the Big Boy. Actually made me chuckle. It’s something fun.
If I had Space I’d put a big boy in my house too! Lol
It’s been decades since I was around a Big Boy restaurant in any of its versions. But it seems to my memory that their official BB statues were quite a bit bigger. The one on the landing appears to be less than 6 ft tall, assuming 8 ft ceilings (which would go along with the height of the doorways).
So, I go along with the suggestion it was just a marketing prop.
@tinamarie1974 Look at the floor plan. On the 3D tour, go out the front door, right along the sidewalk to the driveway, right through the gate, garage doors and back entry are on the right. Or you can just go out the back entry door from the inside - if you can find it. (Blue door past kitchen, then left through wood door.)
@rockblossom Ah, but you cannot go into the garage - at least I couldn’t figure out how, through the doors or by clicking directly… Who knows what’s hiding in there? Probably the rest of the stuff they couldn’t cram into the basement rooms before the house tour.
@mossygreen Oh, you mean the stuffed fake parrot in the super clean cage that never looks around at the person with the camera? I’m going to go with: the birdseed in the feeders is poisoned and the garage is filled with taxidermy stuff. Sometimes they have to retrieve them from the roof, which is why there’s a stack of ladders by the back fence. There’s also a canoe back there, but I have no clue how that fits in.
@rockblossom I can assure you that if you stand directly next to the parrot cage, with the piano in front and to your left, the parrot is looking at you. But if you stop by the fireplace, it is not. Doesn’t mean the parrot is alive, but it does mean they’re going to a lot of trouble for this.
@mossygreen@rockblossom weird they have arrows that let you travel right up to the canoes and ladders. I also just noticed the odd assortment of bird feeders in the driveway (held in place by concrete blocks on the bases) outside the garage doors, arranged in such a way that one could not drive a car through there to get to or from the garage.
@rockblossom@stolicat My favorite thing might be that you can go up the spiral staircase to the second floor balcony, just in case your dealbreaker is the view from mid-way up and you need to know this ahead of time. But I do also appreciate the attention to detail for the ladder afficionados among us.
I’ve looked at a lot of these online house tours, even help set a couple up, and I’ve never seen one where the current residents/sellers have remained so “present” - we know their names, what companies they work for, what cereal they eat, what they’re reading, their tastes in art, music, video (I hope you all found the media room with the pool table full of DVDs), what their family looks like …
I almost feel like if I bought the house I’d have to keep them there
@stolicat That’s a really interesting point. I find it a lot more appealing than staged houses stripped of any individuality. If I had 1.5 million dollars and wanted to put it towards this house, I’d honestly want them to throw in some of the stuff. That pool table full of dvds is structural and part of the sale, right?
Talk about a house stuck in the 90’s! If I ever had any feelings of being a hoarder their over now after I saw the amount of shit they have in there. Did you notice how the kids rooms had very minimal stuff but the parents were like fuck it and decided not to clear out their shit. I’m sure that’s why you can’t open the closets and garage bc it’s just jammed with everything they couldn’t stack neatly.
I’ve never seen a home for sale with so much stuff left in it, at least in that price range.